Apprenticeship Levy

A Guide for Employers

If you currently employ apprentices or are considering doing so in the future then it is important to be aware of the changes that Government are making to apprenticeship support and funding. The Levy launched on 6th April 2017 with the aim of encouraging employers to train new and current staff through Apprenticeships to address the skills shortage within the UK.

Key Information:

  • The Apprenticeship levy was introduced on 6th April 2017 with the aim of encouraging more businesses to offer Apprenticeships.

  • All employers, in all sectors with an annual pay bill of £3 million or more will be required to pay the apprenticeship levy – these employers will be required to pay the levy whether they currently have apprentices in their business or not.

  • Employers need to be prepared and plan for the apprenticeship levy as it will be automatically deducted through the PAYE process.

  • Employers with a pay bill of less than £3 million each year will not be required to pay the apprenticeship levy.

  • Apprenticeship Levy funding can only be spent with an approved training provider such as Group Horizon.

  • Each Apprenticeship (they are known as Apprenticeship Standards and Apprenticeship Frameworks) has an allocated ‘band value’. These bands range from £1500 to £27,000.

  • Under the Apprenticeship Reforms, new Apprenticeship Standards will replace the old Specifications for Apprenticeship Standards in England (SASE) Frameworks. Each occupation will now have its own new Apprenticeship Standard linked to a specific occupational level.

How Group Horizon can help

Group Horizon can help you minimise the risks and maximise the opportunities associated with the Apprenticeship Levy. Each of our employer partners will have a dedicated member of the Group Horizon team who will be on hand every step of the way, ensuring all training is perfectly matched to your needs, supporting business growth. Our offer includes a full training needs analysis of your business, identifying risks and opportunities whilst creating a tailored professional development plan for all staff.

Our team will work with you to:

  • Understand the levy and what this means for your organisation

  • Support your teams in preparing for the introduction of the Digital Apprenticeship Service and offer training and advice where needed

  • Create your Apprentice and skills workforce strategy looking carefully at your business to ensure all staff are on clear defined progression pathway

  • Create company specific marketing materials to support the learner journey and raise the profile of the training programmes

  • Attract, Recruit and Match the right Apprentices for your business where required

  • Manage all training provision from start to finish, with regular communication updates and reports from your dedicated member of the Group Horizon team

  • Continually review training programmes and business needs to offer the best return on investment for learner and employer

  • All training is carried out to the highest of standards, with regular quality review checks so you can be assured of a professional service at all times

To Find Out More Dowload Our Apprenticeship Levy Guide

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